The pressure on me to read this book as quickly as possible was intense! I had to avoid all children that I met on the street and all blog sites that are into that kind of thing. But finally on Thursday night I finished it and am now back to my current light reading, Pol Pot's biography...
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a great book. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and this does not disappoint. Yes, I have to come out and confess that it was me reading the book, not the "kids". I know I had you all fooled, but yes, it is me who reads them!
So basically the death eaters have all escaped from Azkaban, the magic prison and are wreaking havoc all over the place. Harry gets private lessons from Dumbledore and learns about He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry is suspicious of Draco Malfoy, but no one will believe him. In the end Snape shows his true colours and kills a wounded Dumbledore right in front of Harry. He and Malfoy then proceed to escape.
If you haven't read any of the books, this will mean nothing to you. I would recommend reading at least one, my favourite being the Prisoner of Azkaban. If you read one and hate it, at least you can speak with authority when you slag it off!
I have been thinking about Snape and why he killed Dumbledore. I think it has something to do with his Unbreakable Promise he made with Malfoy's mother that he would protect Draco no matter what and would finish the job if Draco failed. Voldemort had obviously wanted Malfoy to kill Dumbledore and when he couldn't, Snape had no choice, he would have died had he not. The question then arises as to why he made this promise. This is something we can only speculate at this point. I have one theory, but I would rather not say at this point.
One thing I do like about Harry is the way he is growing up with each book. Kids who started the first way back all those years ago are now teenagers and have grown with Harry. Their interests have changed and I think J K Rowling is clever in the way she changes Harry to reflect that.
The final book is going to be so different from the others. The major difference will be no school. Harry has said he ain't going back and Ron and Hermione are going with him. I like the school thing, so I will be interested. Any other points to be made?
I wasn't sad the see Dumbledore die, but I was sad to see Fawkes go, what does that say about me?
San Nakji for President!